MPAA CEO Dodd Stresses Cooperation Between Tech and Hollywood6 Dec, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Former Senator Chris Dodd, CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Dec. 6 urged Hollywood and high tech industries to work together in the dissemination of content over the Internet while safeguarding against piracy.
Speaking in a keynote during the Content Protection Summit in Los Angeles, Dodd said the debate about piracy as a choice between free speech and copyright protection is wrong. He said that through innovation and collaboration between Hollywood, Silicon Valley, government and consumers the problem best be addressed.
“Hollywood and Silicon Valley have more in common than most people realize, or are willing to acknowledge,” Dodd said. “Not only does Hollywood work closely with Silicon Valley to create and promote films, Hollywood film and television creators are tech companies. They celebrate innovation through the world’s most cutting-edge content, and they embrace technology as imperative to the success of the creators in their community.”
At issue are industry and legislative attempts to strengthen online copyright protections that have met resistance from technology companies. The “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) in the House and the “PROTECT IP Act” (PIPA) in the Senate were introduced to strengthen safeguards against intellectual property theft and copyright infringement on the Internet.
Both provisions were halted after several Web services — including Google, Facebook, Wikipedia and Yahoo, among others — threatened blackouts if stricter safeguards were enacted.
Dodd, a former 30-year Democratic senator from Connecticut, said the goal is to protect free speech and intellectual property.